Colonel Barlow (left) and community leaders marked the event by signing the Wright-Patterson Community Partnership Leadership Council Charter, formalizing the collaborations. Also pictured here, Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless - signing - and Mo McDonald with the Dayton Development Coalition.
In an effort to save costs under a shrinking military budget, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base announced earlier this year it would form partnerships with local governments, organizations and businesses.
Now the base is moving forward with those plans: In Riverside Wednesday, Col. Cassie Barlow. Commander of the 88th Air Base Wing, announced that Wright-Patt and some of its new partners now had more concrete ideas to push forward.
A prominent African-American Xenia resident was inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame Thursday morning.
During the fifth-annual Civil Rights Hall of Fame ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, Anison James Colbert expressed that the Hall of Fame honor was the best day of his life and told the crowd the motto he's trying to live by.
"Good better best - never let it rest until your good becomes better and your better becomes best," Colbert shared at the ceremony.
The Xenia Community School District may be facing more cuts if a levy on the ballot next week fails. The district is asking for a 5 year 4.8 mill emergency levy to help address a $3 million deficit.
In the last two years, the district has already cut 8.8 million dollars from their budget. Teachers and administrators have had pay freezes with no step increases and will pay higher insurance premiums. That's caused a controversy with the Xenia Educational Support professionals Union, who represent bus drivers, custodians, food service workers and other staff.